Madoff Backs Up Wilpons
The Wilpons’ insistence that they didn’t know Bernie Madoff was running a Ponzie scheme is getting support from the man himself. In a prison interview with The New York Times, Madoff said his old friends Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz had no idea Madoff’s dealings were a scam.
“They knew nothing,” Madoff told the newspaper. “They knew nothing.”
Sure, Madoff is a lying, thieving scumbag, but this statement could only help the Wilpons in their battle with trustee Irving Picard.
The Times was busy with Mets ownership-related news on Tuesday. It also reports that Wilpon called Donald Trump to set up a meeting to discuss the possibility of Trump buying a minority share of the Mets. Trump said he’s not interested in being a minority owner. However, he would be interested in buying a majority share.
“The Wilpons are friends of mine, and I really hope it works out great for them,” Trump said. “But if anything doesn’t work out for them, I’d be interested in the team.”
Then the Queens native spoke in the third person, indicating he’s gearing up for an entrance to the world of sports where everyone talks in the third person.
“If you look at Trump’s record, he is only interested in things he can control,” Trump said.
Trump was involved in sports before — he owned the New Jersey Generals in the short-lived USFL in the mid-1980s.
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Date: February 15, 2011